Do My Kids Need Phase 1 or Phase 2 Orthodontics?

May 22, 2018

preteen girl with bracesIn recent years, more dentists and orthodontists have seen the benefit of providing both phase 1 and phase 2 orthodontic treatments. This combined approach to orthodontics allows our team to eliminate many jaw and skull bone shape and alignment issues while children still have their baby teeth, allowing patients to achieve their desired bite positioning more quickly and comfortably. In this post, we’ll discuss the benefits of a combined phase 1 and phase 2 orthodontic plan to help your child get a flawlessly aligned smile with minimal pain or discomfort.

Phase 1 Orthodontics

Phase 1 orthodontics is used to help kids who still have their primary teeth. In most cases, these treatments are not your traditional bracket and wire braces or alignment tray systems. Instead, we typically use appliance therapy. Orthodontic appliances like palatal expanders and space maintainers are common for phase 1 treatment plans. These early intervention plans are typically used to address orthopedic issues that affect the shape of oral and maxillofacial structures.

Phase 2 Orthodontics

Once kids have permanent teeth, even if they completed phase 1 treatment, they will likely still need phase 2 treatment to align the adult teeth. Phase 2 may consistent of treatment using bracket and wire braces or alignment tray orthodontics to level, align, rotate, straighten, and properly space teeth.

Which Option is Right for My Kids?

In the majority of cases, patients need both phase 1 and phase 2 orthodontic treatment. Phase 1 should eliminate jaw issues that can complicate orthodontic treatment later on in phase 2. This helps your child achieve their desired alignment more quickly and comfortably during the second phase of their orthodontic treatment plan.

Meet the Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Weatherford Team

The Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Weatherford team offers patients a wide range of treatments, including orthodontic solutions for phase 1 and phase 2 treatment. Throughout your child’s dental development, we will monitor the growth and eruption of teeth. If we notice areas of concern during six month exams, we will likely recommend phase 1 orthodontic treatment. We will also be happy to partner with you and your child to complete phase 2 orthodontic treatment after the eruption of their permanent teeth. If you want to learn more about our available orthodontic services or any of the family-friendly dental care options available from our Weatherford team, call our office to schedule an orthodontic consultation with us today.

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